Prospect: Tyler Bray, QB, TennesseeTyler Bray

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 232 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Plays with very slow and heavy feet, struggles to reset them when moving through options or after a pump fake
  • Can’t create space for himself in the open field, very rarely picks up yardage with his feet
  • Very slight of frame with a thin lower half

Arm Talent:

  • Generally an accurate passer, but ball placement severely lacking
  • The deep ball is his specialty, can make “bucket” throws down the sidelines with adequate arm strength
  • High velocity bails him out of traffic throws at times, can rifle the ball in with a clean pocket and proper mechanics
  • Velocity inconsistencies arise due to mechanical issues, will leave some short passes in the dirt, then laser one in 30 yards downfield
  • Mechanics worsen the farther downfield he wants to throw, elongated wind-up gets longer and longer
  • Has enough natural arm talent to make throws from multiple arm angles even with poor footwork
  • Ball comes out low despite height, prone to batted passes at the line

Pocket Presence:

  • Very poor decision maker under pressure, game speeds up too much for him
  • Incredibly squeamish about hanging in late to deliver the ball, will not sacrifice himself to wait for receiver to break in his route
  • Often feels pressure that’s not there and continually backs farther and farther away
  • Lets his lead shoulder fly open when trying to get rid of it quickly under pressure, steps to the side throws with all arm
  • Drops his eyes quickly when trying to elude pressure
  • Poor handler of the football, very loose with it even when eluding pressure, very fumble prone
  • Footwork falls apart if he’s not able to get it out on time with his drop
  • Threw the ball up into double coverage late if pressure was on its way on numerous occasions

Command of Offense:

  • Flashes anticipation skills for receivers moving in and out of defender’s zones
  • Locks eyes onto receivers too often which defensive backs can easily follow
  • Really struggles when initial reads fail and is forced to improvise outside of the pocket, unable to cover ground to create space or reset his feet on the move
  • Showed a developed ability to anticipate and place a back shoulder throw as a junior
  • Offensive scheme at its most complex was an either-or read with a check down, field often cut in half
  • Showed ability to make pre-snap reads occasionally, especially with blitzers

Leadership/Intangibles:

  • Very emotional player, will ride the highs and lows of the team
  • Benched in the Vanderbilt game for what the coaches deemed to be “too amped up” causing poor play
  • Didn’t improve at the rate most expected since getting 5 starts as a true freshman

Overall:

Tyler Bray smartly declared after his top weapons Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson decided to bolt for the league.  That’s saying something considering how raw Bray is as a quarterback prospect.  His natural ability to sling the ball all around the field is undeniable, but so are his inconsistent results.  Even in an offense with more talent than most quarterbacks are afforded, Bray is incredibly up and down.  One play he places a seam route right between a linebacker and a safety on a rope.  The next his footwork fails under pressure and a simple hook route lands in the dirt.  To make matters worse, he’s shown signs of immaturity and lets his emotions get the best of him all too often.  Quite simply, he’s not read to see the field against professional defenses any time soon.  He needs to sit and learn behind a seasoned veteran while fixing some mechanical issues that will take time.  Because the quarterback position is so highly valued and Bray has impressive natural ability, he still warrants a pick early on Saturday.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Tyler Bray Scouting Report

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